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Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout - Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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Gritty McDuff's Black Fly StoutGritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

336 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 26
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
There's beer and then there's stout, and Gritty McDuff 's Black Fly Stout is the real deal. Black Fly is a dry, all-malt stout packed with roasted flavor. We use six different grains in the brewing of this dark masterpiece and balance the full palate with Oregon Willamette and Yakima Clusters hops. Like the legendary Irish stouts that inspired it, Black Fly Stout is rich, robust and a touch mysterious. The finest stout west of Galway Bay!

16 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-10-2001)
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

05-08-2013 03:46:49 | More by tommyguz
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.28/5  rDev -40.9%

This black beer throws out a hefty and rocky light brown head. It has some nice staying power. Lacing ability is negligible. Roasted barley dominates on the nose. The mouthfeel is too gaseous. It doesn't render the beer undrinkable, but it is nowhere near being the creamy mouthfeel it should be. Too much CO2. I dock the drinkability due to the mouthfeel and the subpar taste. This is just not a good tasting stout to me. There are some very slight roasted and chocolate tones if you look hard enough. I am very close to detecting an off flavor in this beer, but it is not substantial enough to nail down. It will not be hard to finish this beer, but I would not recommend this. There are tons of better stouts out there.

I will thank pbrian for the sample nonethless. I will always be willing to try anything that I've never tried before and pbrian helped my cause by sending me this beer.

10-14-2002 20:13:21 | More by Bighuge
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

2.4/5  rDev -37.8%

Best Enjoyed Before: May 2008

Poured very brown black into my SA special glass. 2 fingers of beige head. The froth was pretty fizzy, both visually and audibly. Aromas of faint chocolate and vanilla
Taste of charred coffee
Fizzy mouthfeel
All round, really lacking in flavor

04-14-2008 20:01:28 | More by RustyDiamond
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

2.4/5  rDev -37.8%

This one came from one of my recent trades with Wasatch. Thanks John.

This is a pretty good looking beer. I wouldn't quite call the body black; it is a dark brown with ruby hues around the edges. Black fly has a huge, light brown head that is creamy and has some great retention. Some pretty good lacing here also.

The smell has some dark malts and a touch of coffee in it.

The slight hint of coffee in the nose is huge in the flavor. The most coffee flavor I have experienced in a beer actually, and I think that it is actually too much. The coffee dominatees everything, leaving only a touch of chocolately and roasted flavors in there. A strange off-taste is also in there that is somewhat sour, but mostly just strange. I have to say I don't like this one at all.

Mouthfeel is thin and pretty highly carbonated, which is fine for a dry stout of this ABV.

Drinkability is awful. I really didn't like this one, and I was disappointed because I have liked all of the other Gritty beers I have tried.

03-04-2009 02:19:33 | More by Hojaminbag
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VALIS666

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

02-12-2013 23:18:22 | More by VALIS666
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erlenmeyer

Maine

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

01-11-2012 03:48:04 | More by erlenmeyer
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -34.5%

This is one of those brews that believe me, I've tried very very hard to like. Had it several times in a bottle, and a couple of times on tap at both breweries - so no doubt about the quality of the samples.

Pours nice deep garnet/black if held up to the light. Tiny little fizzy head that leaves a sticky residue down the sides of the glass.

Smell is nice - coffee, some chocolate and roasty aromas.

Taste is all in the mouth. I love all styles, but this has thin, burnt coffee grounds-dregs of the coffee pot taste, like I washed out a cup of french roast.

Thin thin thin watery mouthfeel and finish. Watery is the key.

I'm done with this one. Not good -- love your label though!

07-10-2008 16:45:28 | More by OtherShoe2
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Suds

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -29.3%

This is a deep, solid black color with a thick brown head. It's a very nice-looking stout. The taste is interesting...licorice, barley, roasted malt, and some spicy hops. There's also a bit of sour-candy smell that's just a little off-putting. The taste is dry...way dry. Astringent and a little tart. The licorice character is a lot more pronounced in the taste. Dry and slightly light finish. Medium to light body. All in all, this is a pretty forgettable stout.

01-30-2011 01:57:27 | More by Suds
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jsanford

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

03-01-2013 01:23:07 | More by jsanford
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

03-31-2014 09:36:44 | More by Massbmx
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scooter231

New York

2.78/5  rDev -28%

Meh, not my favorite stout ever. It was very pretty- sooo dark and great head and lacing. But that was about the only thing I really enjoyed here. The smell had coffee and woodyness going on, but nothing very complex. Taste was more coffee, some biscuit- and something I really didn't dig. Almost a rootbeer gone bad flavor. Mouthfeel was way too watery and thin. Just not my favorite- I'd like to try it on draft, though...

01-25-2006 00:46:15 | More by scooter231
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -26.7%

Poured an excessively mammouth tan head that I basically had to pour out of the glass as it wouldn't settle. Aroma of sweet malt and a somewhat acidic coffee scent.

Tastes is somewhat lacking. Malt & mild coffee up front with a somewhat bittering hop finish. A thin & watery mouthfull with decent carbonation.

Kinda meh, about this one. Nothing really stood out to me although I could see this being quite sessionable for some people.

03-28-2007 22:46:02 | More by Kegatron
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pisano

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.3%

03-28-2014 17:45:55 | More by pisano
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MaineMike

Maine

3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-18-2011 00:36:27 | More by MaineMike
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-06-2012 18:23:54 | More by cfalovo97
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11millsown113

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-18-2011 02:57:59 | More by 11millsown113
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McLaughlin5350

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-27-2011 14:28:38 | More by McLaughlin5350
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JasonA

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%

Note: This is brew from last year that has been in my fridge for quite a while. Might be past its prime.

Pours a light black, little to no head. Not much carbonation.

Smells a roasted malt

Roasted malt, dry buscuit. Drying finish. No real bite. might be something unnatural left.

Sits. Just sits, no real action out side of roasted dry malt.

Nothing special. Wont actively seek this brew again.

10-11-2008 17:54:36 | More by JasonA
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bultrey

New York

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%

Red-tinged darkness, nearly black. Thin off-white head. Serious roast in the nose, like coffee grounds. Also a sharp, slightly sour tang. This reminds me of McNeill's brews -- probably because I just had one before this -- but it has that same slightly sour taste off the bat that is intense when cold, slightly annoying bu more subdued when warm. This also has a huge dark ash flavor, like licking a campfire. Rather thin on the mouthfeel, and not particularly exciting enough to invite another pint. A bit one-dimensional.

04-03-2006 23:31:43 | More by bultrey
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riversider76

New York

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%

Pours black. Massive tan head, with good retention, and lacing. Smell is not strong. Roasted malts, and hops mostly. Body is thin,and carbonated. Taste is hopped up front, with a dry roasted malt finish. This is not my favorite style of beer, but you may like this one if It's yours.

12-08-2006 01:10:52 | More by riversider76
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EStreet20

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint glass.

A - I believe this beer may be overcarbonated. When I got it to settle down it looked like a nice, near black stout with a big coca cola foam colored head.

S - Light mix of sweet and toasted malts.

T - Can pick up some roasty malt taste but it's very subdued. The aftertaste had a faint but nice espresso flavor.

M - Feels fairly full but has TONS of carbonation that makes it feel overdone.

D - Average at best. Not nearly enough flavor and all that fizzy feel makes it filling, yet not satisfying.

12-05-2007 04:05:49 | More by EStreet20
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foxmul924

New York

3.08/5  rDev -20.2%

(Bottle to Room-Temp Tulip Glass)

Color: Black with Beautiful, Chocolate-Colored Head, Decent Lace.

Smell: Smoky Notes of Coffee and Chocolate with a Hint of Dark Fruit.

Taste: ROASTED Malts--Typical Chocolate, Coffee Bitterness that Lacks a Clean Finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Bodied Irish Stout...Lingering Build-Up on Sides of Tongue and Slightly Grainy.

Drinkability: In a Single Sitting, Not Sure I'd Want More than One. Needs Improvement in the Finish.

Other: Early Impressive Characteristics Simply Cannot Make Up for the Unsophisticated Texture and Low Alcohol Content.

01-05-2008 00:47:07 | More by foxmul924
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.15/5  rDev -18.4%

This was a black, black color with a thick coffee-colored head. It had a predominately coffee aroma, with a little bit of roasted grain. Taste was all coffee, but maybe a little chocolate snuck in. I thought it was a little thin in the mouthfeel department, but still very drinkable. If you like stout, you'll like this beer. If you're not a big stout fan, forget it.

06-21-2006 17:40:29 | More by lordofthewiens
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largadeer

California

3.15/5  rDev -18.4%

Appearance: Black in color. Tons of foam formed from an average pour, at least 3 inches worth, which took a moment to settle into a quarter-inch layer.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate, plenty of black malt in this one. There's something slightly off about the aroma - a bit of sulfur in background.

Taste & mouthfeel: Perfectly dry with a big black coffee flavor. Moderate bitterness, largely from the dark malts; no noticeable hop character. There's a slight metallic twang to the finish along with a hint of acidity - overall it's not quite as clean as I would like, but it's certainly not bad. Body is on the lighter side, even for the style it's a bit watery.

05-13-2008 02:14:00 | More by largadeer
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WesWes

New York

3.18/5  rDev -17.6%

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a towering tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry roasted scent that boasts of patent and roasted malts. It is quite dry to the nose. The taste is average. It has a weak, black malt flavor that is bitter and earthy. It has some roasted malt taste, but not enough to round out the flavor. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average dry stout. The malt bill is simplistic, so the taste lacks complexity. This is a very uninteresting beer.

09-14-2007 02:15:21 | More by WesWes
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Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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